The Runner’s High: every runner has heard of it. Some call it myth, some have experienced it and believe it, and some swear it’s the only reason they run.
What is it anyway?
The Runner’s High has been described as a feeling of euphoria while running. According to Scientific America this is sometimes coupled with reduced anxiety and a lessened ability to feel pain. For decades, scientists have associated this phenomenon with an increased level in the blood of beta-endorphins, opioid peptides, thought to elevate mood. There are also claims that the brain’s endocannabinoid system—the same one affected by marijuana’s THC—may also play a role in producing Runner’s High.
Here in Canada we know EXACTLY what produces the Runner’s High.
The Canadian guide to politeness while running demands that all those encountered on any given training run will be met with the traditional “hi”. So the Runner’s High is actually a lack of oxygen to the brain produced by constantly saying hi to passersby while running!
As a Canadian runner one might literally pass a couple of hundred joggers on the pathway on a nice sunny day. While in an oxygen depleted state of exertion this extra effort to confront fellow runners and general citizenry can lead to cerebral hypoxia causing a feeling of light headedness or euphoria, thus…the Runner’s High!
In our research material we set out to discover just that…view our video below.